Justin Aaron Brown
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New Bedford, MA, USA
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My work breathes the life back into the objects that are deemed "no longer necessary". The validity of an object is based off its function and, as a metalsmith, I disagree that an object's functionality dictates its beauty. Seeing an image of a patched shovel, a blacksmith had repaired multiple times, changed the way I began to look at objects around me. I have let myself delve into the realm of repairing and changing objects that were once "non-functional" because of their breaking or cracking. I have patched and created new objects that reference function but truly repair/enhancing their beauty. I have explored ways to reference their past, giving the viewer a chance to witness the narrative of the object’s life unfold before them. Much as in our own lives, these objects carry the scares of their lives, and these scares shape them as objects as our own life stories shape each one of us as individuals.
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At 6:10am on June 28, 2011, Haley Bates said…
Really fantastic work!  I love the reclamation of seemingly useless items, especially when two diverse materials are brought together.
At 8:26am on June 25, 2011, Deborrah Daher said…
Very nice work, Justin -
At 5:45pm on June 24, 2011, alice simpson said…

As a collector of red and white transferware, it was extraordinary to see how your mind worked that piece and others!

Having considered whether or not to purchase or keep damaged pieces, I got insight of what might have been. The consideration of the 'value' of chipped and damaged china is an interesting one. You have made a wonderful leap.

Congratulations on this work.


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